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The Benefits of Choline in Eggs

The humble egg is an animal-protein food rich in many vitamins and minerals. One of the important nutrients is choline. Following are quotes from an article:

"Choline plays a role in multiple physiological systems from all cell membranes to the function of organs like the liver. Choline produces a neurotransmitter involved in memory storage, muscle control and many other functions.

For more than five decades, nutrition science has known that choline is an important compound in the body. However, because humans have the ability to synthesize choline and our diets generally contain significant amounts of choline, it has been difficult to de­finitively show that choline is needed in the diet.

One of the first clear indications that the body does not make choline quick enough to meet the body's own needs was recently demonstrated. When healthy men were fed a diet which was adequate in all known essential nutrients but very low in choline, the men developed liver damage. This indicates that even though the body can make choline, there is a dietary requirement as well.

Foods especially rich in choline include beef liver, with about 450 milligrams per 3 ounce serving, and eggs, with about 280 milligrams per egg." - Alan Titchenal, Ph.D., C.N.S. and Joannie Dobbs, Ph.D., C.N.S.

Clinical research shows that choline is an essential nutrient. And eggs are one of the richest sources of choline. Have you had your eggs today?